Emergency Planning

Facility assessment, emergency preparedness and QAPI — a service delivery exercise

Facility assessment, emergency preparedness and QAPI — a service delivery exercise

Your post-acute/long-term care organization should be well on its way to developing its Facility Assessment, Emergency Preparedness Plan and written QAPI plan for compliance by November 2017. The best way to address these three new RoPs/CoPs is by transitioning your healthcare organization into one focused on service delivery.

Managing an unexpected emergency or natural disaster

Managing an unexpected emergency or natural disaster

"Information is King" when an unexpected emergency or natural disaster strikes. Not just for those tasked with responding to and managing the crisis but for everyone impacted.

'Forest fires': What's your plan?

'Forest fires': What's your plan?

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Long-term care tends to ignore home- or community-based service technology and data mining, but the era of bundled payments, partnerships and accountable care mean it's time to pay attention. Of course, technology gets healthcare services only so far.

6 tips for strengthening emergency plans

6 tips for strengthening emergency plans

With another massive New York snowstorm on its way, and as we prepare for unstable weather across the country, long-term care facilities and senior living communities need to ask themselves: What can we do to keep residents who live at our communities safe?

CMS wants tougher emergency prep rules

CMS wants tougher emergency prep rules

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Long-term care facilities would have to meet more comprehensive emergency preparedness guidelines if a newly proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is enacted.

How do you compare to McDonald's?

How do you compare to McDonald's?

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Maybe your dining program can't compete with McDonald's for sheer speed, pseudo nutrition and potentially hazardous toys. But how does your disaster response plan compare? That's the real question.

Hurricane Sandy delivered a wallop - and a troubling reminder about life's uncertainties

Hurricane Sandy delivered a wallop - and a troubling reminder about life's uncertainties

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We humans tend to be creatures of habit. Most of us like to develop daily routines and stick with them. This approach has its benefits. It saves a lot of time that would otherwise be wasted sorting out mundane matters.

Report: Nursing homes found to be lacking in preparation efforts for natural disaster

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While most U.S. nursing homes have adequate written plans for managing natural disasters, many facilities have significant gaps in preparedness and response, a government report finds.

Preparation key in preventing fatalities at Texas nursing home hit by a tornado

Preparation key in preventing fatalities at Texas nursing home hit by a tornado

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The lack of major injuries or fatalities at a Texas nursing home during a deadly tornado Tuesday reflects the hours spent preparing for such an event, officials said.